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Obituaries
Belinda Ann Stewart
Oct 24, 2020   11:12 AM

Belinda Ann Stewart, age 49, from Winters, Texas, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Community Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. She was born on Sunday, June

27, 1971, to Lloyd Charles Jackson and Annie Lee (Hardin) Jackson.

Belinda and her husband, Melvin Gynn Stewart were married on November 9, 2019, in Winters, Texas.

Belinda served her community as a CNA for over 15 years and was employed at the Winters Nursing Home at the time of her passing.

She is preceded in death by her father, Llyod Charles Jackson, her mother, Annie Lee Hardin Owens, her step-father, Fritz Owens; her four brothers, Danny Jackson, Jimmie Jackson, Tony Ray Jackson, and Lynn Jackson; and her two sisters, Patricia Merrill, and Darlene Blair.

Belinda is survived by her husband, Melvin Stewart, of Winters, Texas; her two daughters, Scarlot Longoria, and Ashley Longoria of Sterling City, Texas; her step-daughter, Tanya Jewell of Leakey, Texas; two sisters, Crystal Jackson May of San Angelo, Texas, and Melissa Cope; and her brother AJ Jackson. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by her family at the Winters Nursing Home.

She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a kind-hearted person who loved her family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger, Texas, on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 2 pm.



Jack Raymon Smith
Oct 24, 2020   11:07 AM

Jack Raymon Smith passed away on October 20, 2020 surrounded by his wife and children. Jack was born on 8/13/1940 to A.H. (Buzz) and Grace Smith in Ballinger, Tx. He married the love of his life Carmen Cochran on 6/2/1962 in Bangs, Tx.

Jack was a butcher by trade, and began his career at Dankworth Packing, before owning and operating Winters Meat Processing in Winters, Tx. Jack returned to Dankworth Packing in his retirement. Jack was a lover of all animals, and raised and cared for horses, dogs, cats and chickens all his life. Jack could tell a good story, and he was at his best sitting and visiting with friends and family.

Jack is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carmen Smith, son, Andy and Michelle Smith of Winters, Tx. and daughter, Stephanie and Doug Hite of Rowena, Tx. He is survived by his grandchildren who were all blessed to be at his side in the end. Jaci and Reid Johnson, Paige and Andrew Chamberlain, Tanner and Rachel Hite, Kaci and Eric Gully, Jessica and Guy VanPelt, and Kylie Perry, Shelby and Hayden Hollingsworth, Baily Knight, and Brenna Knight and by 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sister-in-law Darlene Smith, brother in law, Philip and Joyce Cochran and sister in law Rhonda Cochran and a host of friends and family.

Visitation will be at 409 Ewald, Rowena, Tx Friday October 23rd at 6 pm. Services will be at Lange Funeral Home on October 24th at 10 AM with burial following at Old Runnel’s Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the many friends and family for all their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you to Hospice of Ballinger for their loving care of our Daddy in his last days.



Raul Lopez, Jr
Oct 23, 2020   11:14 AM

Raul Lopez, Jr, age 58, of Abilene, Tx, passed away on October 15, 2020, in Ft. Worth, Tx.

He was born on Saturday, July 21, 1962, to Raul and Bertha (Picon) Lopez Sr. in Ballinger, Texas. He worked for several years for Ren-Tech as a welder. He loved many things but above all, he adored his family and friends. He was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, dancing, “The King”, Elvis Presley, playing the guitar, and watching TV.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raul Lopez, Sr.

Raul is survived by his sons Ray Lopez of Navasota, Texas, Justin Lopez and wife Ursula of Winters, and his daughter Kelly Lopez and Partner Julio Correa of Ballinger. He is also survived by his siblings, brother Sammy Lopez of Ballinger, brother Johnny Lopez of Ballinger, sister Gracie Lopez and partner JR Farquhar of Abilene, brother Rene Luna and wife Les of Ballinger, brother Gabriel Lopez and wife Jazmine of Honolulu, Hawaii, sister Eliza Conger of Ballinger, and brother Fabian Lopez and wife Crystal of Ballinger. Raul will also be dearly remembered by his 9 grandchildren.

A visitation for Raul will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow the next day on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 10:00 am at the 8th Street First Baptist Church with Pastor Alejandro Gonzalez officiating. Interment will follow at Latin American Cemetery.



Billy Wayne Simpson
Oct 23, 2020   11:06 AM

Billy Wayne Simpson, 84, of Winters, Texas passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Central Texas Nursing Home in Ballinger, Texas.

Bill was born on June 7, 1936, to Andes Emmett and Effie Irene (Jennings) Simpson in Winters. He served honorably in the United States Marines from 1954 to 1962. During his service in the military, he married Patsy Owen in Yuma, AZ on February 5, 1956. Bill was a jack-of-all trades and spent his entire life working outside as much as possible and getting his hands dirty. He worked many years as road crew for Runnels County. Besides his work for the county, he also served on the Winters Volunteer Fire Department, and the Winters Rodeo Association. After he retired, he had the privilege of serving as pastor at Moro Baptist Church. Both Bill and Pat were members of the First Baptist Church in Winters. He also found a special home in the Bluff Creek Cowboy Church. Bill never met a stranger, loved to tell tales and greeted everyone with a wave or hearty handshake and a smile. He was known to many as Dad or Uncle Bill.

He is preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Effie Simpson, his wife Patsy, his brothers Andy and Richard Simpson, and his sister Linda Roberts.

Bill is survived by his sons Wayne Simpson and wife Mary of San Angelo and Robert Simpson of Winters; his daughter Kim Passow and husband Kris of Mesa, AZ; his grandchildren Juanita Moreno and husband John of Fulshear, TX, Emily Ducker and husband Ferris of Lynn Haven, FL, and Chase Passow of Corpus Christi; and one great-grandson Samuel Moreno. He is also survived by his siblings Peggy Tully and husband Jim, Sharon Jones and husband Pinky, Cynthia Barbian and Becky Jones and spouse Tommy.

Funeral service for Bill will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 23,2020, at the First Baptist Church of Winters, with Marcy Grun officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Winters, Bluff Creek Cowboy Church or a charity of your choice in his honor.



Rev. Hubert (Hugh) Wade, Jr.
Oct 22, 2020   11:06 AM

Rev. Hubert (Hugh) Wade, Jr. passed away in San Angelo on October 16, 2020, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

Rev. Hugh Wade was born on October 15, 1946, to Hubert Wade Sr. and Dorothy Merion Preczewski in Norfolk, Virginia. He is survived by his three sisters, Mary-Margaret Neff, Dorothea Wade, Michele Talarico; five nieces, and two nephews.

After completing a four-year tour in the U.S. Army, which included 2 years in Vietnam, Rev. Wade entered the Missionhurst CICM religious community in 1969 at Arlington, VA, and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Bishop Carroll T. Dozier on May 14, 1977, in Norfolk, VA. He worked as Vocation Director of the Missionhurst Community until going to Belgium in the summer of 1979. While in Belgium, he was given permission to work as a contract chaplain for U.S. Forces in Belgium and Germany. Shortly thereafter he was granted permission to serve as an Army chaplain. In June 1980 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served at Ft. Stewart, GA; Camp Howze and Camp Stanley, Korea; Ft. Monmouth, N.J.; and then back to Germany to serve as a community chaplain for 16 years. He retired from the U.S. Army October 31, 1996.

Father Wade was incardinated into the Diocese of San Angelo on December 17, 1984, and served in the following parishes: St. Patrick Parish - Brady, St. Francis Xavier Mission - Melvin, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish - Abilene. His last assignment was for 20 years at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish - Ballinger, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission - Robert Lee, St. James Mission – Bronte, before retiring on July 25, 2016. He was not only the parish priest; he was also very involved in the community. He was active in the local Ministerial Alliance, and together they ran the local food pantry where they served hundreds of local families with food and clothing. He also started, with two others, the “Veteran’s Meal” which is to feed all the Veterans and active military who show up for the local Veteran’s Day parade and celebration.

In addition to parish assignments, Fr. Wade served in numerous diocesan positions on various councils and boards: Vicar for Priests, Director of Seminarians, Diocesan College of Consultors, Diocesan Presbyteral Council, Priest Pension Board, and Dean of the San Angelo Deanery. Fr. Wade was also active in preparing couples for marriage through the Engaged Encounter.

Viewing will be held at Lange Funeral Home all day Tuesday, October 20, 2020, and Wednesday, October 21, 2020, until time of the Vigil.

Vigil and Rosary will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Masks are required for those in attendance.

Following the Wake Service, Fr. Wade will lie in state through the night at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, Texas, with a Knights of Columbus honor guard present. All are invited to pay their prayerful respects.

Fr. Wade’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Rowena at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, with Bishop Michael J. Sis presiding. Masks are required for those in attendance. The recorded video will be available after the event on the website of Lange Funeral Home at www.ballingerfuneralhome.com. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.

In lieu of flowers, Fr. Wade requested that any donations in his memory be made to the Diocesan Seminarian Burse, Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, P.O. Box 1829, San Angelo, Texas 76902 to support the education of seminarians.



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